We are all well aware of the results of global warming alarmism – we see it every day with the wind farms that blight our countryside, we pay for it every day in our energy bills, we are guilt-tripped by it every day with pressure to save energy/ go green/ save the polar bears/ drive electric cars etc.
But that’s only half the story.
As the Developing World tries to catch up with the West, they too are being stymied by the same guilt-tripping of the UN and IPCC and government agencies in a policy of gross hypocrisy.
While it’s OK for the West to have built a way of life off the back of fossil fuels (often from countries in regions like Africa), those same African nations and others around the World are being told to toe the climate change line and commit to using expensive renewables in preference to the oil and gas that many of these same countries have in abundance.
The perversity of this argument goes further.
In getting commitment from developing nations not to increase their CO2 output, the UN has committed to give billions to these nations with a promise of;
$100 billion a year by 2020
As a G7 nation you can bet that the UK will be expected to put their hands in their pocket and stump up a good portion of this money.
So not only are we being stung by green taxes in the UK to subsidise renewables like wind farms, but our government will also be spending billions more of our tax revenue to contribute to this UN Green Climate Fund, who will in turn hand over the cash to the governments of developing nations.
You may have already spotted the potential flaw in this plan, as this recent story somewhat euphemistically comments;
But Africa’s capacity to use the funds once they have become available remains one of the central issues, with many fearing countries lack the necessary frameworks to make sure the money is used for its intended purpose.
Still struggling to come to terms with the energy crisis that it has caused by its meddling in the Ukraine/ Russia affair, the EU has now been forced into an embarrassing U-turn on the import of tar sands oil, as reported here.
A European Union plan to label tar sands oil as highly polluting in its fight against climate change has been abandoned after years of opposition led by major producer Canada.
A proposal published by the European Commission on Tuesday removes an obstacle to Canada exporting tar sands crude to Europe and comes at a time when tensions between the EU and top oil supplier Russia are running high.
EU sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the desire for a trade deal with Canada had been a factor given the situation with Moscow.
The article continues with comment from Green lobbyists;
“The Barroso Commission has chosen to put trade deals like TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) before the environment,” said Greenpeace EU energy and transport policy director Franziska Achterberg
This last point has much greater significance than you might imagine – as the TTIP negotiations continue with the potential to threaten areas of the economy and more importantly the NHS.
Be under no illusion, the EU is well and truly in bed with big business (and their money).
IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.
Those that know me, know (and if you don’t but you continue to read this blog you will come to know) I am not a big fan of the green agenda that is skewing our energy system, driving up energy prices, blighting our land and seascapes with pointless windmills and all in the name of the specious theories of global warming . . . sorry Climate Change (we can’t say global warming now, as it’s been more than 17 years since the globed showed signs of warming).
This is yet another example.
The bird kills mark the latest instance in which the quest for clean energy sometimes has inadvertent environmental harm. Solar farms have been criticized for their impacts on desert tortoises, and wind farms have killed birds, including numerous raptors.
The impact of these solar farms and wind farms on the bird population is astonishing. If this were a hydrocarbon-based industry causing such damage the World would be up in arms – but not here.
Sun rays sent up by the field of mirrors are bright enough to dazzle pilots flying in and out of Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Federal wildlife officials said Ivanpah might act as a “mega-trap” for wildlife, with the bright light of the plant attracting insects, which in turn attract insect-eating birds that fly to their death in the intensely focused light rays.
Clearly, there needs to be some serious re-thinking of renewables such as this.